Covering Albion Rovers over the past year or so certainly hasn’t come without its challenges for our team of media volunteers.
But they have all played a part in helping to ensure our supporters have been kept up to date win, lose or draw – and crucially, they have done it skillfully in an entertaining but professional manner.
As we enter pre-season, the club are now seeking applications from highly-motivated individuals to take on the reigns from our current crop as we enter a new era.
Our output now is based around our #RoversRevival slogan and we want to convey through our social media that we are a club that is embracing our new start in the Park’s Motor Group Scottish Lowland Football League. We want to be forward-thinking, honest and creative with how we do social.
Working alongside the current media stalwarts who help head up the group – you will play a part in, well, whatever you choose. We’d imagine it would tie into developing the Albion Rovers’ brand, our marketing & communications plan, our media relations with the local press, how our social media looks, you know that sort of thing.
Even if you don’t quite know what it is yet you want to do, we can help point you in the right direction. On the same token, you may apply with your eye on a very specific role, and that is great too.
We are after people who are committed. Like all football clubs, nothing really ever seems to stop and things are always in motion. Our social media platforms are really strong and are ever-growing, we now have a brilliant photographer (Phil Dawson) who has helped us up our game too. Each month last season, we averaged around £2 million impressions on our Twitter account.
From writing and creating website articles to running and posting on our social media pages to completing our matchday media tasks, there is always a job to do.
The main duties you would help out with would be:
We are also on the hunt for a stadium announcer. You could be the voice of Cliftonhill and help keep supporters informed with match action, half-time scores and other important announcements on matchdays. You’ll also be responsible for the pre-match and half-time music.
These roles are voluntary and part-time and would ideally suit a student undertaking a qualification within a media or sports field.
We can’t offer anything other than this, but we have had great success in the past with our volunteers going on to bigger and better things.
And thanks to our partnership with Mark Millar and his charity The Millar Foundation, we have some funds available to directly influence and aid what the media team gets up to at the club.
We love to shout about our talent. Taylor Murray, who has been part of the team managed to bag his first job as a journalist after volunteering with us, and he now works at the Glasgow Times.
Our current Media Lead, Ben Kearney, also got his first job after helping out the club and is currently the Sports Reporter at the Falkirk Herald.
He said: “We had a lot, and I mean a lot, of really forgettable moments last season, but I wouldn’t change being here in this role for the world. Albion Rovers hooks onto you and it doesn’t let go. The people you will meet will be your pals for life.
“Our media team last season did a fantastic job of keeping fans up to date and they covered our matches admirably, even in the circumstances we found ourselves in.
“It is the most fulfilling thing in the world to see people come into the club in the position I was once in (a very shy wee guy) and turn into proper professional media practitioners.
“We are now on the hunt for our next cohort of media volunteers that will carry on the great work that has already been done by those before them.”
Finally, we are also on the hunt for a Commercial Assistant to help drive revenue growth and increase the club’s visibility in the community.
They will organise the development and implementation of strategies to increase the club’s revenue through sponsorships, advertising, and partnerships.
This position would include a generous commission scheme. Earnings will be related to your degree of success in this post.
Qualifications and Skills:
The ideal candidate will have a passion for football and a deep understanding of the Scottish football landscape and local market. They will also have the skills and experience to develop and implement successful commercial strategies that drive revenue growth and increase the club’s visibility in the community.
To apply for any role listed, please complete the below form via the link.
We’ll be in touch with everyone who applies. We will set up interviews that will be led by our current media team, and they will be able to give you a first-hand account of any queries you may have.
Our plan is to interview candidates mid-July but we will be in touch sooner if we feel your application merits such.